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8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Registration Table (Lobby, Arts Center)

9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Visit the Exhibits (Lobby, Arts Center)

Bernard Hammig North America​

Melhart Music

Mr. Music

Music & Arts of Houston

9:00-10:20 a.m. (Main Hall, Arts Center)

2014 Brownsville Flute & Clarinet Festival Clinicians in Concert

Enjoy performances given by clinicians at this year’s festival! Featured performers include flute and clarinet faculty members from throughout Texas including Richard Shanley and Helen Ann Shanley (Baylor University, Retired), Cristina Ballatori and Jonathan Guist (UT-Brownsville), Elizabeth Janzen and Kellie Lignitz-Hahn (Texas A&M-Kingsville), Bill O’Neil (UT-Pan American), Timothy Hagen (Haynes Emerging Artist, UT-Austin).


10:30-12:00 p.m.(Main Hall, Arts Center)

Marianne Gedigian Flute Master Class

Marianne Gedigian, guest artist and master teacher, works with UTB undergraduate flute students and Rio Grande Valley high school students in a public master class.

*Appropriate for All Levels of Flutists


10:30-12:00 p.m. (Red Room, Arts Center)

Nathan Williams Clarinet Master Class

Nathan Williams, guest artist and master teacher, works with UTB undergraduate clarinet students in a public master class.

*Appropriate for All Levels of Clarinetists

10:30-11:10 a.m. (Blue Room, Arts Center)

My Flute Can Do WHAT!?: Exploring Tone Development Through Extended Technique

Elizabeth Janzen, Texas A&M-Kingsville

Are you bored with traditional warm-ups and tone exercises?  Are you looking for some fun new techniques that can help improve your tone, embouchure and breath control all while exploring new sounds on your instrument?  Then this is the class for you! We’ll explore how extended techniques such as harmonics, whistle tones and even singing can help you improve your playing, build flexibility and stimulate your curiosity about what the flute can do.

*Appropriate for Junior High Level Flutists

10:30-11:10 a.m. (Gold Room Room, Arts Center)

Mastering the Three T's of Clarinet Playing: Tone, Tuning, and Tonguing

Kellie Lignitz-Hahn, Texas A&M-Kingsville

This clinic focuses on three main concepts necessary to producing good tone on the clarinet. An introduction on the importance of each concept in relation to study on the instrument will help develop and guide a younger player's approach to playing clarinet. During the clinic fundamental exercises for each of the three concepts will be explored in ways that keep students motivated, engaged, and having fun while learning to play the instrument. 
*Appropriate for Junior High Level Clarinetists

11:15-12:00 p.m.(Blue Room, Arts Center)

The Physical Flute

Timothy Hagen, Haynes Emerging Artist

Geared toward high school players, this clinic explores physical aspects of flute playing that are essential to high-level musicianship yet sometimes forgotten in the race to learn the notes. By engraining a few simple, physical habits of mature players, young musicians will quickly put themselves on the path to greatness. Topics to be covered include grounding, stance, height, resonance, breath, and support. Bring your flutes, and be ready to play!

*Appropriate for High School Level Flutists

11:15-12:00 p.m. (Gold Room, Arts Center)

​Qualities of Great Clarinetists

Bill O’Neil, UT-Pan American

Dr. O'Neil will discuss factors that contribute to great tone, great technique, great articulation and artistic phrasing.​

*Appropriate for High School Level Clarinetists

12:00-1:00 p.m.  Lunch Break/Visit Exhibits

1:00-2:15 p.m. (Main Hall, Arts Center)

Baylor Faculty, UTB Clarinet Choir and Flautarra Ensemble in Concert

Join Baylor University faculty members Francesca Arnone, flute, and Jun Qian, clarinet for a concert of recital music for flute and clarinet.  Performances by the UTB Clarinet Choir and UTB Flautarra Ensemble will open this concert.


2:00-2:50 p.m. (Red Room, Arts Center)

Woodwind Olympics

It’s flutes versus clarinets in the 1st Annual Brownsville Flute and Clarinet Festival Woodwind Olympics. Junior high flutists and clarinetists will compete and test their mettle in a series of timed, team events to improve and develop Technical Skills, Articulation, and Breathing.  Bring your instruments and prepare to battle! Who will emerge with the Gold? Flutes or Clarinets? 

*Appropriate for Junior High Level Flutists and Clarinetists

2:00-2:50 p.m. (Blue Room, Arts Center)

The Scientific Method of Practicing

Timothy Hagen, Haynes Emerging Artist

Have you ever felt like you're spinning your wheels in the practice room? Like you work for ages on tricky passages with little to show for it? If so, this is the clinic for you! Using scientific methodology, Tim Hagen, will break down practicing into four fundamental principles and help you learn to apply them to any and all music. Wherever you are in your musical development, The Scientific Method of Practicing can help you achieve lasting results immediately. Participants are invited to bring their instruments and any music (including scales and exercises) they are currently practicing.

*Appropriate for All Levels of Flutists and Clarinetists

2:00-2:50 p.m. (Gold Room, Arts Center)

Chamber Music Master Class

Richard Shanley, clarinet, and Helen Ann Shanley, Baylor University Professors Emeritus, coach UTB woodwind chamber ensemble students in a public master class.

*Appropriate for All Levels of Flutists and Clarinetists


3:00-4:20 p.m.

2014 Festival Flute and Festival Clarinet Choirs

Bring your instruments and join flutists and clarinetists from throughout Rio Grande Valley to participate in the 2014 Festival Flute Choirs and Festival Clarinet Choirs!  Each ensemble will read through a variety of fun ensemble literature and choose a piece to rehearse for performance on the Brownsville Flute and Clarinet Festival Closing Concert at 4:30 p.m. in the Main Hall of the Arts Center.


Advanced Clarinet Choir (Reading Session/Rehearsal: Main Hall, Arts Center, Stage)

4+ Years of Playing Experience

Dr. Jun Qian, Baylor University, Conductor

Bring your clarinets of all sizes!  Alto, Bass & Contra are welcome!

Intermediate Clarinet Choir (Reading Session/Rehearsal: Blue Room, Arts Center)

2-3 Years of Playing Experience

Ms. Lisa Morrell, Los Fresnos ISD, Conductor

Bring your clarinets!


Advanced Flute Choir (Reading Session/Rehearsal: Red Room, Arts Center)

4+ Years of Playing Experience

Dr. Francesca Arnone, Baylor University, Conductor

A limited number of alto and bass flutes will be provided for the Advanced Flute Choir. Please bring your own if you have them.

Intermediate Flute Choir (Reading Session/Rehearsal: Gold Room, Arts Center)

2-3 Years of Playing Experience

Mr. Ernest Cantu, Brownsville ISD, Conductor

Bring your flutes!


4:30-5:30 p.m. (Main Hall, Arts Center)

2014 Brownsville Flute and Clarinet Festival Closing Concert

Enjoy the performances by the Festival Flute and Clarinet Choirs!

6:30-7:20 p.m. (Arts Center, Lobby)

Rio Grande Valley Junior High and High School Small Ensembles Showcase

Enjoy a pre-concert ensemble showcase featuring high school and junior high flute choirs and clarinet choirs from throughout the Rio Grande Valley. 


7:30-9:00 p.m. (Gala Closing Concert, Main Hall, Arts Center)

Marianne Gedigian, flute, and Nathan Williams, clarinet, with Colette Valentine, piano

Patron of the Arts Series Concert​

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